Content tagged with "Fishes"


Image of a flier sunfish
Centrarchus macropterus
Found in Missouri's southeastern lowland swamps. Most similar in appearance to crappie, but the flier has 10-13 dorsal spines. Deep-bodied and saucer-shaped. Generally olive-green to brassy in color. More

Freshwater Drum

Image of a freshwater drum fish
Aplodinotus grunniens
The freshwater drum is a silvery, deep-bodied fish. The head and body slope upward from the snout to the dorsal fins and give the fish a distinct humpbacked appearance. The dorsal fin is long and is divided into two distinct parts. More

Gizzard Shad

Gizzard Shad
Dorosoma cepedianum
One of the most common and abundant fish in Missouri and an important prey for most game fish. More

Golden Redhorse

Image of a golden redhorse fish
Moxostoma erythrurum
The golden redhorse is a smaller-bodied sucker with large scales and a short dorsal fin. The lower lip is broken into parallel folds, and the rear margin of the lower lip forms a V-shaped angle. More

Golden Shiner

Image of a golden shiner
Notemigonus crysoleucas
Deep-bodied minnow, back greenish-olive with a faint dusky stripe along the midline. Sides are golden or silvery, and the belly is silvery white. Has a fleshy “keel” along midline of the belly from the anus forward to the pelvic fin bases. More

Goldstripe Darter

Etheostoma parvipinne
One of the rarest darters in our state, the endangered goldstripe has exacting habitat requirements: It needs small, shallow, shaded, spring-fed streams with clear water and a low to moderate gradient. What it doesn’t need is siltation, pollution, channel restriction and removal of the tree canopy above! More

Grass Carp

Image of grass carp
Ctenopharyngodon idella
Grass carp are large-bodied with a broad head and a terminal, transverse mouth. Both dorsal and anal fins lack spines at the leading edge. The scales appear cross-hatched. More

Grass Pickerel

Color illustration of grass pickerel, a long, narrow fish
Esox americanus
The most common and widely distributed pike in Missouri is also the smallest. Adults seldom exceed 10 or 12 inches in length. More

Green Sunfish

Image of green sunfish
Lepomis cyanellus
Th green sunfish is thick-bodied with a large mouth. The upper jaw extends to about the middle of the eye. The back and sides are bluish green, grading to pale yellow or white on the belly. More

Greenside Darter

Image of a greenside darter fish
Etheostoma blennioides
Olive to yellow sides and back with scattered red spots and vertical blotches often arranged in a V or W pattern. Breeding males have bright blue-green on head and lower fins and green vertical bars. Second largest Missouri darter in size next to the logperch. More